92% of IT Experts Did Not Predict the Ransomware Explosion

Researchscape surveyed 275 IT experts in the month of January and the results are surprising…

Over half of those surveyed, did not identify ransomware as a top security threat.

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Yet, 65% of those surveyed reported having a moderate to extreme concern regarding ransomware affecting their customers.

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Perhaps, had they known that ransomware was going to explode the way it has, they would’ve placed more emphasis on it.  But they did not.  In fact, 92% of the IT experts underestimated the impact ransomware was going to have in 2016.

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Below is a graph from Proofpoint regarding the significant increase in ransomware variants from the end of 2015 to the end of March, 2016.  Although very few of these variants have reached the destruction level of popular ransomware viruses such as Locky, it does not mean the potential is not there.

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As if this graph is not alarming enough, according to Neowin, ransomware actually had a 158.87% increase from March to April in 2016.

It’s time we start taking this epidemic seriously.

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3 thoughts on “92% of IT Experts Did Not Predict the Ransomware Explosion

  1. When hospitals, corporations, and government agencies are “targeted,” does this mean that ransomware is not bot-driven?

  2. That is surprising in one way but not another. When I first heard about ransomware I personally thought this is going to get worse…..it seemed like common sense to me for various reasons that crooks would favour this method. But a friends I.T consultant at his work is truly hopeless. He honestly says that when a computer gets a virus at my friends work, he says they have to buy a new computer. My friends work has bought 2 new computers that I know of. If other I.T people are as clueless as him, many other people are going to be in trouble.

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